BMI will celebrate the songwriting career of Mac Davis by naming him a BMI Icon at the company’s 63rd annual BMI Country Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville.
The invitation-only event will honor Davis and the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the previous year.
“We’re honored to celebrate the incredible career of Mac Davis,” said Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville. “Artists ranging from Elvis to Avicii have recorded his songs. As an artist himself, Mac’s hits were embraced and loved internationally by both pop and country audiences. He hosted his own network TV variety show, appeared in many feature films, and even starred on Broadway, but Mac’s unique songwriting ability is what really sets him apart. In every way, Mac Davis is a BMI Icon.”
The BMI Icon award is given to songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Davis, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Vince Gill, Dean Dillon, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others.
As a songwriter, Davis wrote several hits for Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Rascal Flatts.
Also during the event, BMI will crown the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year and salute the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs from BMI’s country catalog.